Re: Wolf in South Louisiana
December 07, 2017 at 4:15pm
Coyotes began appearing in Louisiana in the early 1950s when farmers and loggers undertook large-scale clearing of wooded acreage for mechanized agriculture and timber harvesting. Even then they weren’t widely recognized as coyotes and reports of “wolves” in northern Louisiana were common. Southwestern Louisiana had always been home to the native red wolf, and misidentification of coyotes was common. Invading coyotes and red wolves have interbred for so many generations, that today the pure red wolf gene pool may have disappeared. The expansion of human population also introduced calves, chickens, sheep and other livestock that quickly became easy prey for coyotes. Coyotes thrived on a bountiful plate provided by man.